10. Believe it or not, Target is the perfect place to find a sweater, an inexpensive piece of jewelry in a pinch, or things like tank tops, bathing suits, or tees. I definitely think that the franchise has put a lot of emphasis on its clothing and accessory department, so if you're in a rush and want to save your wallet, Target is the ideal place to pick up any kind of piece.
9. Even though the Loft's prices sometimes make me cringe, its selection of jewelry and clothing makes me swoon. From sweaters to skirts to blouses to shorts, the Loft's designs are always unique and interesting. As well, colorful and diverse jewelry is always a given albeit on the pricier side compared to other stores on the list.
8. Maurices was an early favorite of mine just as I was transitioning from awkward middle school fashion to young adult wear. A lot of its pieces are casual, but you can also find a nice skirt or blouse in the midst of it all. I bought one of my favorite blouses that utilizes an overlapping style from this store. The jewelry department isn't super developed, but you can find a necklace or bracelet in a pinch.
7. Charlotte Russe doesn't have my favorite collection in total, but it's the perfect place to go for summer maxi dresses. Because I'm so tall, maxi dresses are one of my favorite pieces, and Charlotte Russe always has a diverse group of dresses to choose from. As well, I appreciate its jewelry and shoe walls.
6. Lilly Pulitzer's patterns have quickly become extremely popular, and although the stores aren't quite populous yet, they have some really beautiful, patterned pieces. From accessories like wallets and lanyards to clothing like dresses, the brand is growing immensely in both number and popularity. If you see a store, definitely stop in!
5. I really appreciate American Eagle's casual, laid-back style, and some of my favorite flannels are this brand. It's definitely a distinct style that is confined to casual wear, but you need casual wear in addition to formal. I also appreciate the jean styles that American Eagle offers, and I always find a scarf that threatens to steal my heart when I walk in.
4. New York & Co is definitely my favorite store in general, but I don't always find "the perfect piece" every time I walk in. Still, I love that there are always deals that make me feel like I'm saving money, and the jewelry section is always well-stocked. I would say that over half my closet is from NY&Co, and I think I'm proud of that.
3. DSW is one of the most magical stores to walk into. The rows and rows of shoes are something straight of a fairytale, but you won't only find the shoes of your dreams. I've fallen for scarfs and hats as well, and of course, the store provides all the shoe accessories you could dream of.
2. Honestly, sometimes you just stumble upon the perfect place in a mall or shopping center. You'll never remember the name of the store when people ask you where you got that sparkly necklace or fabulous scarf, but you'll be glad that you got a deal on the piece that perfectly completes the outfit you've been planning for weeks.
1. Finally, Francesca's never fails to provide the best and most interesting pieces. I've found almost all the jewelry I've worn to school dances there, and I have plenty of other pieces that I got while strolling around the itty-bitty dream factory. Prices aren't always perfect, but there are also a lot of deals that come in and out, so it's not hard to get a bang out of your buck.
Straight out of Shondaland, The Catch stole all of our attention with a dramatic, mystery-lined premiere last Thursday on ABC.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes, the woman we blame for our emotional instability from Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, The Catch follows private investigator Alice (Mireille Enos) as she prepares to wed seemingly perfect Christopher Hall (Peter Krause)… that is until he disappears without a trace, conning her and her firm. Yet, Alice isn’t the kind of woman to roll over and cry about lost love; it’s a cat-and-mouse game now, and she’s not in the business of losing.
Enos and Krause are joined by Sonya Walger as Margot, Rose Rollins as Valerie, Jacky Ido as Jules Dao, and Jay Hayden as Danny Yoon among others. Like I mentioned, I thought the cast was amazingly put together, and the pilot had the perfect mix of comedy and drama, which I think Rhimes has mastered in her other works as well.
Masterfully written and wittily acted, The Catch has a unique plot that can certainly be developed for seasons upon seasons (Rhimes doesn’t write duds) and an extremely talented and beautiful cast (opposed to Stitchers, which I wrote about earlier in the week, there is simply no comparison). Although ratings apparently weren’t mind-blowing- I blame March Madness- I have no doubt that The Catch is on #TGIT to stay with Greys and Scandal.
The best part of the entire episode was the mysterious and lustful opening in which Alice plays a sultry woman who cons a criminal into stealing a painting right in front of the FBI. Easily hand-cuffing him and handing him off to the police, she flips her hair and carries on with her night. I love that Shonda Rhimes creates powerful and intricate women. For example, I will always love Meredith Grey, no matter how “dark and twisty” she gets because she owns who she is, and although she’s not perfect, she’s been through basically everything in the book.
In short, you need to close your computer or put down your phone right now to watch last week’s pilot so that you’re all caught up for tomorrow. I can already tell that The Catch will be on for seasons, and you don’t want to have to catch up when the show is starting season eight. Happy kommenting :)
Confirming his departure from pop music and his entrance into the R&B genre, ZAYN released Mind of Mine on Friday.
Preceded by singles “Pillowtalk,” “It’s You,” and “Like I Would,” Mind of Mine is full of surprises from the young Brit who decided to pave his own way in the music industry despite his start with One Direction, which he’s probably tired of everyone talking about. That said, let’s get to his music.
I’ll admit that I wanted to hate it. I wanted to hate every little detail of Mind of Mine, yet I think I love almost everything about it. It’s obvious that this is the type of music that ZAYN is meant to sing, and I feel his heart and soul in this album. From longing in “It’s You” to acceptance in “Fool for You,” ZAYN shows range in emotion as well as his vocal chords.
On the entire album, ZAYN only collaborated with one pretty unknown artist (Kehlani in “Wrong”), so the great majority of this album is all from ZAYN’s imagination. With an intro (named after the album) and intermission, entitled “Flower,” the album is nineteen tracks, most of which are over three minutes long.
The album is extremely stylized, with each track designed to have random capital and non-capital letters in the title. The artwork, ZAYN as a little boy yet with all his current tattoos, is reminiscent of Little Wayne album covers, a trademark ZAYN obviously felt inspired by.
I will admit that the greatest flaw of the album is a lot of the songs sound alike, but also, I will say that there is some range in tempo and message in there as well. For example, he discusses a dysfunctional yet rewarding relationship in “Pillowtalk” followed by talking about leaving a relationship in “Rear View.”
It’s a known fact that ZAYN is split from long-time girlfriend and fiancé Perrie Edwards and is now with model Gigi Hadid, but it’s unclear which songs are about which woman. Is he regretting leaving Perrie via phone call, or is he fully invested in his love with Gigi, which he demonstrated in the music video for his first single “Pillowtalk.” This dilemma adds to the mystery and wonder that is Mind of Mine.
In short, ZAYN found his calling, and despite the fact I might not like him sometimes, I love this album. He found a distinct and interesting style in the R&B genre, and I see him gaining a lot of respect in the coming weeks. Happy kommenting :)
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